The 9 Greatest Cricket Sledges Ever
The greatest ever revealed.
Mark Waugh has revealed to Dead Set Legends the greatest sledge he was on the receiving end of... and it's a beauty.
Listen to the audio below.
We thought we'd see how it compares to some of the other calssics.
Merv Hughes to Javed Miandad
During a test between Pakistan and Australia in 1991 Miandad tried to sledge Merv: "Merv you are a big, fat bus conductor". Only a few balls later Merv dismissed Miandad, ran past him and shouted: "Tickets please!".
Steve Waugh to Herschelle Gibbs
In the 1999 World Cup Australia needed to beat South Africa to keep their tournament hopes alive. Steve Waugh was on 56* and leading Aus to victory when he gifted Gibbs a simple catch. Gibbs went to celebrate the catch but instead dropped it, leaving Waugh to retort: "You've just dropped the World Cup". He was right too, Aussie went on to win the game and the tournament, knocking out South Africa in the process.
Merv Hughes to Robin Smith
Merv was bowling a few crackers that Smith couldn't even get an edge to. Merv: "If you turn the bat over you'll get the instructions mate".
Shane Warne and Darren Berry to Michael Slater
Warne, not shying away from sledging a fellow team mate during a state game, decided to get under Slater’s skin by suggesting that his temper was like a time-bomb.
When Slater came out to bat, Warne and Berry began the sledging:
After several overs, Slater got impatient and holed out to deep midwicket. As he trudged off, he glared at Warne and Berry, who said in unison “Kaboom!”
Ian Healy to Arjuna Ranatunga
During a One-dayer between Australia and Sri Lanka Ranatunga decided he needed a runner. The stump microphone then picked up the following sledge from Healy: "You don't get a runner for being an overweight, fat ****".
Daryll Cullinan to Shane Warne
Cullinan was well known as being a bit of a bunny to Warne's bowling. The 2 hadn't played each other in some time so when Cullinan walked out to bat, Warne couldn't resist heckling him: "I've been waiting two years for another chance at you". Cullinan got him back with a ripper: "Looks like you spent it eating..."
Viv Richards to Greg Thomas
In a county match in England, Thomas was bowling to Richards and getting a few to whizz past the bat. After Richards played and missed another one, Thomas said: "It's red, it's round. Now fucken hit it!".This obviously angered Richards who proceeded to hit the next ball out of the ground. Richards: "You know what it looks like now go and get it.
Dennis Lillee to Everyone
Dennis Lillee had a sledge that he employed against many batsmen during his long cricket career.